Welcome to Everything you want to know about The Celts
Hello there! We are a modern day Northern European Style tribe called Maers Khohias. We are of both Norse and Celtic decent here. Come sit. Warm yourself by our fire!! We want you to feel at home as we share some of our Celtic tribe's hospitality. Come. Join in our sitting circle, round the central cauldron and have something to eat, in our Celtic round house. Once fed, sit back, relax, read and listen to some of our stories. Here you will find great information, taking you back in time to meet the ancestors.
If you have the opportunity to come in person to Crawford Bay, BC and take in our courses taught at our school, you'll hear more information, on the Celts and the Vikings, not shared here, as well as live music. We'd love to hear your stories too!!
In no time, you'll be dancing, sharing some good mead or ale and adding to the rooms boasts and toasts. We Northern European Celts and Vikings are waiting for you.
Having and event? We offer lots of props to choose from as well as great musicians and entertainers. This will be the icing for your Celtic or Viking medieval style event. Need some costumes or warrior gear? We shall help you there too. ... Or Maybe you are the studious type and want to study Celtic ritual, dance, music and beliefs, or have a you have a gift. If so you might want to take a course from our Druid/Bard schools. See here.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Celtic Hairstyles and Decoration
The Celts from what history tells us in literature and in Celtic artwork, seem to have worn their hair long. However there is a marble statue labeled 'the dying Gaul', who has hair that looks like a "bowl" cut. His hair long over his eyes and short in the back his head. The statue is a Roman copy of the original, thought to have been made originally of bronze. It is thought that is was made sometime between 230 - 220 BCE to celebrate Attalus 1 of Pergamon's victory over the Galatians (Celts) living in what is now modern Turkey. It seems more of a peasant style haircut and who knows they could of cut his hair to shame him.
Male Chieftains or other classes with high esteem wore both beards with mustaches or they were clean shaven so either one is fine when doing a reenactment. Beards were often forked or long middle beard, squared at the bottom and decorated.
Warriors and lower classes wore a long mustache without the beard through out the medieval period. Mustaches were sometimes worn curled up at the ends.
Celts did not have long plain hair and they were not savages as some movies have depicted. Both men and women took pride in decorating their hair, making elaborate curls and braids. Gold balls and feathers sometimes were fastened to the end of the hair. The different tribes of course wore different hairstyles. The hair is described in detail of some of the old manuscripts and mythology stories. I think that wearing the hair in certain ways might have been their station in the tribe. I believe this because of the trials they would go through to receive an honour such as warrior etc. For example, one of the Initiation tests for membership in the Fianna (a warrior group in early Ireland) was that the candidate had to run through a wood, chased by the entire Fianna, without having a braid of his hair loosened by the branches. Another tells of a beautiful woman having three braids of hair wound round her head, and the fourth hanging down her back to her ankles.
Numerous types of hair ornaments were used for both hair and beards. Hollow golden beads were most popular, as well as gold, silver or bronze hair ribbons, bendable gold plates, and gold, silver and bronze circlets around their foreheads and into their hair.
Hair pins were used and many have been found with shield like ends or animals.
Very decorative Hair combs were found as well made of bone or horn, with strips of metal to strength them. Razors were in use as well, as well as mirrors. Women also carried a small bags containing their little hygiene trinkets.
Their servants or ladies in waiting would dress the leader Queens or Kings or warrior Chieftains.
by Laurie Lee Mills
December 12, 2015